Mythbusters: Collection 1
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Watch as pop culture's most baffling urban myths and legends are debunked, decoded and demystified by MythBusters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, who blow the lid off that stuff you've always wondered about, like: Can the fillings in your teeth really pick up radio signals? Are tanning bed patrons getting baked from inside out, and could silicone implants actually explode at a high altitude? Learn these answers and more in tests that separate the real from the really out there! This fascinating collection of 12 episodes from seasons 2 and 3, available for the first time in one four-DVD box set, includes a never-before-seen bonus feature: "MythBusters: Revealed" -- a behind-the-scenes look that reveals all the gaffes, goofs and experiments gone awry that make up a typical episode of MythBusters. Includes these 12 favorite episodes: Exploding Toilet - Barrel of Bricks Cell Phone Destroys Gas Station Penny Drop Buried Alive Lightning Strikes/Tongue Piercing Killer Brace Position Cooling a Six-Pack Is Yawning Contagious? Hollywood on Trial Son of a Gun Shop 'til You Drop
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My dilemma of Christmas shopping was solved and if there are any problems when he receives it will update this review.
Most highly recommended.
Consider - the lovely quiet Jamie Hyneman and the eclectically loud and funny Adam Savage, THE MYTHBUSTERS plus (their beautiful and wonderful staff of Mythbusters: Kari Byron, Jessi Combs, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci, Robert Lee, Nikos Andronikos and so forth...)
I saw one of their TV Show Seasons and I've purchased all of their TV Show Seasons available for sale, plus all of the 10 Collections and All of their Specials.
Yes, entertaining, worthwhile and something that never gets old, great explosions, curious informational tid-bits everybody should have whether it is a James Bond special effects or some other show, etc... Something for everybody! Buy it before they're gone, hurry up! I love this show!
The episodes look very good, but sometimes I got the impression that the material wasn't filmed with widescreen viewing in mind, the framing can be on the claustrophobic side. (I.e., zoomed in a bit too far.) The earlier episodes have the myths one after the other, and you can select which one you want to watch. This is great. Unfortunately, in the later episodes we get the more familiar interweaving of the myths so you only get to select the beginning of the myth you want to watch but when the program switches to another myth you have to fast forward manually, there are no additional chapter stops.
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I was a bit confused trying to decide which issue of Mythbusters DVDS to buy. There are at least three - this Region 1(US) version organised into 'Collections', the Region 2(Europe) version organised into 'Volumes', and also the comprehensive version organised into seasons.
I got this version, as I'd read it wasn't as heavily edited as the R2.
Numbers in brackets are the real episode numbers according to broadcast order. So after buying it, this is what I know. There are 12 episodes, each about 45 minutes long.
Disc 1: Exploding Toilet (1), Cell Phone Destroys Gas Station (2), Barrel of Bricks (3) and Penny Drop (4).
Disc 2: Buried Alive (5), Lightning Strikes Tongue Piercing (6) and Killer Brace Position (33!)
Disc 3: Cooling a 6-Pack (29), Is Yawning Contagious (28) and Hollywood on Trial (7th Special)
Disc 4: Son of a Gun (30), and Shop till You Drop (5th Special) and Mythbusters Revealed (6th Special).
As you can see, a huge chunk of aired episodes were missed out. However, a lot of them are included in later collections. Not sure why they didn't just put them on in order, but anyhoo.
The narration is really funny, and American, which I think differs from the shows that aired on UK Discovery Channel. The first six episodes are Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, and then on the seventh episode the rest of the team are involved.
You've probably seen Mythbusters, but in case you haven't, the presenters Jamie and Adam are experienced stunt and special effects type people, and they investigate various urban myths to see if they could be true. The new presenters seem to know their stuff too. Normally the myths end up being `busted', and we get to watch them make awesome and dangerous contraptions from scrap metal and various mechanical items, and then blow it up.
This is really fun, funny television, and you do actually learn stuff in between all the explosions. They seem like a bunch of nice people too, and they all get along and like each other. The exact opposite of what a lot of TV people seem to think makes good reality televion. Yay for Mythbusters! 'IS EVERYBODY READY FOR DIVING??!!'
So, it is now several months later, and I now have watched all 5 of these Mythbusters Collections. Using the Mythbusters list of episodes available on the net, I've worked out exactly which episodes you get on these Collections, and which you don't.
So, on Collections 1-5 you get:
Pilots 1-3, Specials 5-7, Special 10
Episodes: 1-6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 22, 28-31, 33, 35, 47, 50, 56, 57, 60, 61, 67, 68, 70-72, 78-80, 84, 86, 96, 97, 100, 101, 103-113, 115, 116.
I'm not sure what will be on Collection 6, but it's unlikely to contain any episodes under 100, since Collection 5 didn't.
This means that you DON'T get:
2003 Season : Episode 7
2004: 9, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, Special 1, Best Ofs 1-3 (11 episodes in total, not including Best Ofs)
2005: 25-27, 32, 34, 36-43, Specials 2-4, Special 8 (17 episodes in total)
2006: 44-46, 48, 49, 51-55, 58, 59, 62-66, 69, Special 9 (19)
2007: 73-77, 81-83, 85, 87-94 (17)
2008: 95, 98, 99, 102, Specials 11 and 12 (6)
As you can see, these DVD Collections really miss out a lot of episodes. You can get Region 4 Mythbusters SEASONS on a website that rhymes with sneebay, for about twentytoo squid inc.P&P. I haven't checked, but I imagine that they have ALL the aired episodes on them.
So, it's up to you if you want to buy these Collections, or just go freekin mental and buy whole seasons.
So here it is: Jamie Hyneman (special effects on the newer Star Wars and the Matrix sequels) and Adam Savage (FX on Star Wars, Terminator 3 and Home Alone 3!) devise devious and dangerous experiments to bust urban myths such as tongue piercings attract lightning and mobile phones cause fires at petrol pumps. Pretty much everything is proved incorrect. So you can go away wiser (if not necessarily safer). I stopped religiously separating out my loyalty cards in my wallet as a result of this series- well an electric eel couldn't zap them- so a little rubbing wasn't going to hurt. Nice guerrilla science with lots of big bangs!
The episodes featured are:
Magic ice bullets, Is it worth running in the rain. Exploding toilet,
Cell phones and petrol pumps. Exploding breast implants. Exploding CDs at high revolutions.
The construction worker and the barrel of bricks. Peeing on the 3rd rail. Credit cards and eel skin wallets.
Dropping pennies off the Empire State, deadly Microwaves, Radio Tooth fillings
1967 Chevy Impala with a jet assisted take off. Eating Pop Rocks with cola can cause death.
Break the surface tension of water with a hammer before you fall. Buried alive. Cola myths.
Tongue piercing attracts lightning. Cannon made out of a tree. Fooling the breathalyser?
Stinky car. Raccoon rocket in a sewer pipe.
I've not got the order right, and they don't appear to be in strict broadcast order either - it seems to be eight out of the twelve series one episodes according the US "IMDB" website.
Box and disk arrived in great time and were in great condition.
I, personally, love mythbusters and this was a perfect accessory to my DVD rack.
Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage host one of the greatest tv shows I have ever seen!
"They don't just tell the myths, they put them to the test"
It includes all of their famous myths;
Can the fillings in your teeth actually pick up radio signals,
Do piercings make you more conductive to lightning,
Can a penny dropped from a skyscraper kill a pedestrian on the pavement below,
Could silicone implants explode at high altitude and
Is it possible to survive being buried alive?
Unfortunately the voice over guy is American unlike the version they show on discovery with an English voice over guy. After an episode or two you do get used to him but it is slightly annoying for those first fee episodes.
I found out recently that this DVD does not include all of the pilots and only the first...
A great DVD at a great price, full of myths to be busted or confirmed.
it's jam-packed full amazing achievements & facts as-well as (Explosions) ;-)
Dans ce premier opus, seuls 7 des 11 épisodes (en comptant les spéciaux) de la première série et un seul des 3 pilotes de 2003 sont présents dans ce DVD minimaliste.
Adam savage et Jamie Hyneman sont des amis et collègues concepteurs d'effets spéciaux pour le cinéma et la publicité aux USA depuis les années 90. Ils ont été rejoins dès la seconde saison par les tout aussi allumés Kari Byron (artiste sculpteur), Tory Belleci (Mécano) et Grant Imahara (diplomé du MIT). Sans oublier le souffre-douleur de la série dont vous pourrez apprécier les péripéties au fil des 9 ans d'existence de cette émission : Buster.
Le concept de ce show réside dans une méticuleuse et scientifique vérification de mythes, de légendes urbaines, de lois scientifiques, de scènes de films voire de dictons à l'aide des moyens du bord de l'atelier de San Francisco de Hyneman et de beaucoup d'ingéniosité.
Servis par ce duo doué pour le bricolage, extrêmement concentieux, accros aux effets spectaculaires, aux personnalités totalement opposés, ce show rend accro instantanément.
A découvrir chronologiquement pour mieux s'immerger dans l'atmosphère et l'univers de ce show. Et pour mieux apprécier son évolution et celui de leurs protagonistes et invités spéciaux, qui vont paraîtront de plus en plus familiers au fil des épisodes, tout autant que San Francisco et ses environs.
Pour les amateurs de divertissements intelligents, amusants, distrayants et spectaculaires.
Qualche appunto sulla edizione (UK) che non contiene i sottotitoli neanche in inglese, contrariamente a quanto indicato sul box. 8 episodi da 55 minuti (contrariamente ai 45 delle edizioni USA-IT). Comunque consigliato.